Super League  Sunday 24th February 2013  DW Stadium  Att: 11,590

Squad

Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, Mossop, O'Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.

Squad

Bailey, Bryant, Channing, Cook, Colbon, Dixon, Dorn, Fisher, Gower, Kaufusi, Krasniqi, Lee, Melling, Randall, Rodney, Sarginson, Wheeldon, Witt, Lovell.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Iain Thornley

Josh Charnley

Blake Green

Pat Richards

Sam Tomkins

Sean O'Loughlin

Michael McIlorum

Josh Charnley

Iain Thornley

GOAL SCORERS:

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Chad Randall

Kieran Dixon

Liam Colbon

GOAL SCORERS:

Michael Witt

Michael Witt

Michael Witt

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

Wigan Warriors returned to winning ways following last weekend's defeat to Huddersfield Giants after running riot in the second half against London Broncos this afternoon.

The Warriors looked like they would claim a comfortable victory after scoring two early tries, but a moment of madness from Sam Tomkins changed the whole complexion of the first 40 minutes.

Iain Thornley and Josh Charnley went over in the opening 11 minutes but Tomkins was sin-binned for 10 minutes for talking out of turn to the referee and that sparked the visitors into life.

They responded with scores from Liam Colbon and Kieran Dixon to silence the DW Stadium crowd.

When Michael McIlorum and Chad Randall traded scores it looked like London would lead at the break but Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin went over for the home side to lead 22-18.

Wigan looked a completely different team in the second half, though, as they ran in five more tries without reply to claim the win.

Warriors coach Shaun Wane brought back Tomkins at full-back, while Chris Tuson returned from injury to start in the second row with Jack Hughes switching to centre in place of the ill Darrell Goulding.

London made a number of changes following their winless start to the season with Dan Sarginson, Colbon and Michael Channing starting, while coach Tony Rea opted to name his assistant and former Catalan Dragons hooker Ben Fisher on the bench.

Wigan took the lead inside two minutes when Thornley touched down in the corner following good work by Pat Richards, Blake Green and Tomkins. The try was converted by Richards for a 6-0 lead.

The visitors refused to lie down and, after a great Charnley tackle had denied Dixon, they thought they had crossed, only for Dixon to drop the ball as he went over the line.

London were left to rue those missed chances as Charnley scored for the fourth successive game following a swift passing move.

Just as Wigan looked to be taking control they were reduced to 12 men when Tomkins was sent to the sin bin for mouthing off to referee Robert Hicks, and London made the extra man count as former Wigan winger Colbon went in at the corner, Michael Witt converting to reduce the deficit to 10-6.

Things went from bad for worse for Wigan as Lee Mossop was forced off the field with a serious looking arm injury and moments later London took a surprise lead as Matty Smith's wayward ball went to ground and was swooped upon by the impressive Craig Gower, who offloaded to Dixon. Witt added the extras for a 12-10 lead.

Tomkins returned from the bin and almost scored in the corner before hooker McIlorum did so when barging over from acting half-back.

Richards' conversion made it 16-12 but London continued to battle and when Blake Green's kick was charged down by Randall the hooker picked up the loose ball to race away and score, with the subsequent conversion putting the Broncos ahead.

Wigan were determined not to be behind at the break and made sure they were not as skipper O'Loughlin powered his way over from close range; with Richards converting they led by four points at half-time.

The Warriors opened up the second half like the first with a try for Tomkins. O'Loughlin linked well with Smith and Green before the full-back charged into the line to go over unopposed.

Richards was off target with the conversion but then found himself on the end of another sweet passing move to score Wigan's sixth try, which he also converted to make it 32-18.

It was London's turn to defend with a man less as referee Hicks sent Matt Cook to the sin bin for lying on in the tackle.

Wigan finally put the game to bed in the 62nd minute when Tomkins broke a tackle in midfield and raced away before sending Green over for his first try in a Warriors shirt. Richards added the extras to make it 38-18.

The hosts were now in cruise control and Charnley scored his second try of the game with 14 minutes remaining before Thornley crossed over once more to complete the win.

Match Action

  • 75m
    interchange_on

    Chris Melling

    London Broncos

  • 75m
    interchange_off

    Chad Randall

    London Broncos

  • 71m
    try

    Iain Thornley

    Wigan

  • 68m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 68m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 62m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 62m
    try

    Blake Green

    Wigan

  • 50m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 50m
    try

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 46m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 40m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 40m
    try

    Sean O'Loughlin

    Wigan

  • 37m
    interchange_on

    Ben Fisher

    London Broncos

  • 37m
    interchange_off

    Chad Randall

    London Broncos

  • 36m
    try

    Chad Randall

    London Broncos

  • 36m
    goal

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Michael McIlorum

    Wigan

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Logan Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Chris Tuson

    Wigan

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Greg Burke

    Wigan

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Scott Wheeldon

    London Broncos

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Mark Bryant

    London Broncos

  • 31m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 31m
    try

    Michael McIlorum

    Wigan

  • 26m
    try

    Kieran Dixon

    London Broncos

  • 26m
    goal

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Lee Mossop

    Wigan

  • 21m
    goal

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Gil Dudson

    Wigan

  • 21m
    try

    Liam Colbon

    London Broncos

  • 13m
    interchange_off

    Antonio Kaufusi

    London Broncos

  • 13m
    interchange_on

    Matt Cook

    London Broncos

  • 11m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 2m
    try

    Iain Thornley

    Wigan

  • 2m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan